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By Sheilah Belle

 Chicago, IL – It was on last Sunday, August 29th when The Queen of Gospel, Albertina Walker, founder of The Caravans, celebrated her 81st birthday.  It was also on this day, The Queen started to experience difficulty breathing.  She was later taken to a local Chicago hospital with weak lungs and was admitted.  Doctors later put her on a oxygen support ventilator to help her breathe where she still remains resting comfortably.

 The following night on Monday, August 30th, the Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation Concert, went on as schedule however The Queen was not in attendance.

 Since being admitted to the hospital, her bedroom door has become a revolving one with many family members and close friends coming by to wish her well and show her support, including Evg. Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Harvey Watkins, Pam Morris and Rev. Jessie Jackson who prayed for her on Friday.

 While she remains on a ventilator to help her breathe, more than 8 days later, we ask for everyone to continue to lift up our sister in prayer.

For more information, reach out to Sheilah Belle, aka “The Belle” at